COYOTES CAPTAIN RESPONDS IN WIN
By: Russell Brooks
On Wednesday, captain Shane Doan promised to simplify his own game to get himself on track. The results were obvious on Thursday as the Coyotes toppled the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 at the Glendale Arena.
Doan scored his fourth goal of the season on the power play early in the first period and added an assist in a 4-0 win over Los Angeles.
Although the immediate results were nice, Doan is looking for long-term success.
"It was nice to get a goal and contribute offensively," said Doan, who led the team in hits with four on the night. "(The team) has had a little bit of success lately and hopefully we can continue it in Detroit."
Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky was also impressed with Doan's leadership after calling himself out earlier this week.
"Shane was tremendous tonight," said Gretzky. "Not just with his goal but his presence was strong. He was hitting and his fore-check was strong. He was really on his game tonight."
After scoring just three goals in his first 14 games of the season, Doan is ready to continue riding the momentum established on Thursday night.
"Our goal is to get some momentum going because momentum can carry a team a long way," Doan said. "Tonight's win was a big win for us, we needed it."
If Doan and the Coyotes, can keep the momentum they generated on Thursday, as they embark on this upcoming road trip against Detroit, Chicago, and Minnesota, this could prove to be a positive turning point in the young season.